iPad Gets Full Adobe Photoshop CC

Leave your laptop at home?

by Aaron Macarthy Beards Oct 15, 2018 at 3:53 PM


  • Today, 15th October, 2018, at Adobe’s MAX conference in Los Angeles, the company confirmed that Photoshop CC, a full and un-compromised version, will be available for the iPad early next year.
    Lighter, stripped down versions of Adobe’s apps, including Photoshop, have been available across multiple platforms for a while. These mobile versions have reduced functionality and lack the robust workflow options and features of their desktop alternatives.

    However, Adobe claims that Photoshop CC on the iPad will have all the same editing functions as the desktop version. Apparently, it uses the same underlying code and algorithms as full desktop versions. As such, edits will look exactly the same as those done on a PC or Mac.

    Unfortunately, some slight changes have had to be made to the Photoshop layout to accommodate the iPad’s touch-driven interface. There will also be a lack of keyboard shortcuts. However, Adobe claims they plan to take advantage of the iPad’s multi-touch environment to sidestep this issue.

    Apple iPad

    Users will need a solid Wi-Fi or mobile data connection and Adobe is relying on its online Creative Cloud service so as to mitigate iOS’s limited file management. All a user's source files and PSDs will be shared between devices online.

    Adobe haven't given an exact date when the full version of Photoshop CC will be available, only saying that it’s some time next year. They claim that it will come to the iPad first and then will come to other mobile platforms, like Android.

    For anyone who has an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription that includes Photoshop, the new iPad app will be included in their subscription. However, users will not be able to purchase the app, for a one-off fee. This is because Adobe no longer sells a stand-alone, lifetime licensed, version of Photoshop. Those who want to utilize the software have to pay a monthly fee.

    Does Photoshop CC on the iPad mean that the tablet is now as useful as a laptop? Will the iPad replace your Macbook? Or does its touch interface limit the Photoshop experience to much?

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